SilverStone Tundra TD02-E AIO Review
Published: 16th April 2015 | Source: SilverStone | Price: 75.80 |
Up Close: The Radiator and Cold Plate
Along with the polyethylene bag that the rad comes wrapped in, SilverStone have added peel off strips to the sides of the radiator. These as you can see are to provide extra protection for the clear acrylic panels that run down the length of the radiator on each side
The radiator measures 278x124x27mm (LxWxH) so is about abut average thickness for an AIO, but a bit thinner than the recently reviewed H100i GTX. The radiator is connected to the cold plate assembly by two 310mm lengths of high flexibility, matt Black rubber tubing.
We mentioned SilverStone doing things slightly differently to other manufacturers. The first and main one of these differences we see on the TD02-E is the design of the radiator fins. Where most manufacturers use thin strips of aluminium formed back and forth between the water channels to form a long zig-zag pattern, SilverStone have opted for what they refer to as a brazing fins. This soldered technique they claim improved contact between the fins and the water channels. The result is a very rigid structure with the fins appearing considerably thicker than traditional ones. It will be interesting to see whether this, and the lower than average 12FPI will have a positive or negative effect on performance.
Having seen the beautiful tubing and connections on the Corsair AIOs of late it's kind of a bump back to earth to see rubber tubing and simple connections into the radiator